Easy Ways to Conserve and Save Money on Water

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts® EveryDrop™.

Easy-Ways-to-conserve-waterHere in California we are in a drought, so conserving water is both essential and the law. Here in the San Diego area we are seeing more brown lawns and struggle to keep our lawn fresh and green all the time.

But no matter where you live conservation is a good thing… not only for our environment but also for your pocketbook.

I have a few great and easy tips for saving water we have used.  It’s all about creating a few new habits and being mindful of wasting.

Make sure to get the whole family in on it!

1. Turn the water off of you are not using it. This a no brainer.  Don’t just let the water run down the sink if you are brushing teeth or soaping your hands.

2. Don’t flush the toilet unnecessarily. You should not use the toilet as a trash can, it’s wasteful. If you need to throw away a tissue put it in the trash.

3. Collect unused water to water the plants.  Don’t throw away that 1/2 drunk glass of water you can water houseplants or even use it for cleaning.

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4. Repair or replace dripping faucets or leaking toilets. 1000′s of gallons of water can be wasted per year because of dripping faucets or leaking toilets.  Replace them and you might even be able to get a rebate for the product.

5. Reduce the amount of water used for baths and showers. If you normally fill your bath to almost the top, start filling it 3/4 or 1/2 way.  Time your average shower and then reduce it by a minute or two.

6. Upgrade your dishwasher.  Not only will you save on water, it will probably be quieter to run.

7. Only run your dishwasher when full. This a common sense, if you run it  when 1/2 full you will be wasting 2x the water to do all your dishes.

8. Plant an Eco-friendly lawn.  If your outdoor plants are drought resistant you will not need to water as often.

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9. Only water the plants, not the sidewalk.  Do a spot check every couple of weeks to make sure all your sprinklers are working properly, nothing is broken and the water is landing on plants, not concrete.

10. Use  Scotts® EveryDrop™ on your lawn. EveryDrop™ is a product designed to make the most of the water you are putting on your lawn, designed to move more water into the soil with a blend of wetting agents, where it belongs. This will reduce both runoff and pooling. And remember, a well fed lawn is more efficient at using water so use both Scotts® and Miracle-Gro® on your lawn and plants.

So what is a wetting agent? A wetting agent, or surfactant, reduces the surface tension of a liquid and enables the water to spread and not bead up. For more information on how EveryDrop™ works go here.

You will find with EveryDrop™ you can use up to 25% less water- which is awesome, especially if you are only allowed short watering times, as we are.

11. Water the lawn in the morning. Water evaporates too fast in the afternoon and fungus and disease can be caused by night watering.

12. Mow your lawn high. Higher grass (3-4 inches long) has deeper roots and longer roots can access underground moisture.  So you will not need so much surface watering.

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13. Mulch your plant beds. Mulch holds in rainwater and reduces evaporation.

14. If it’s windy, don’t water. Windy moves the water around too much and you will end up with water in places you don’t want it.

So water conservation doesn’t need to be difficult, just change a few small habits and you should see lowered water use! Does your family conserve water?  What are your favorite ways of doing it?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts® EveryDrop™.


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